Editor's Choice - Our Favorite DXCEL Aquarium Lights

1. DXCEL LED Aquarium Air Bubble Light Fish Tank Air Curtain Bubble Stone Disk with 6 Color Changing LE...

User Ratings: 66 7

DXCEL First Impressions

"- no color control."

It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. This light is even better than I expected! It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top.

  • DXCEL LED Aquarium Air Bubble Light Fish Tank Air Curtain Bubble Stone Disk with 6 Color Changing LEDs
  • Can connect to air pump for air bubble billow effect (Air pump not included)
  • IP68 waterproof rate, excellent sealed design, can be fully submerged in water
  • 6 colour changing LEDs and an air stone combined in a single decor piece (2 inches diameter)
  • Built-in air stones create air bubbles for improved oxygenation and gas exchange
  • Creates a decorative array of bubbles and colorful column of air in your aquarium
  • Attach airline tubing (sold separately) to Air Inlet on the LED Bubble Ring.
  • Make sure Airstone is securely in place.
  • Connect Airline Tubing to an Air Pump (Air pump is not included).
  • Manufacture: Dxcel
  • Part Number: DX-001
  • Material: Stone
  • Item Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Color: Black
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DXCEL
  • Brightness [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

DXCEL Final Thoughts

"They are pretty clear."

It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(519 Points)

2. WEAVERBIRD X7 Gemini Double Head Aquarium Fish Tank Light 15W 32 LED Aquarium Planted Clip Lamp 1600...

User Ratings: 62 5

WEAVERBIRD First Impressions

"So we used tape."

PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. I've had other Nicrew lights on other tanks and they have all performed well for me. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. I'm very happy with the light performance. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate.

  • WEAVERBIRD X7 Gemini Double Head Aquarium Fish Tank Light 15W 32 LED Aquarium Planted Clip Lamp 1600LM White LED Lighting for 8-15 Inch Fish Tank
  • Durable & Saving- LED Aquarium clip light made of ABS, It's durable and saves powers. Super bright, 40% energy-saving than ordinary LED lights, the energy efficient and long lasting LED produce amazing shimmer to your aquarium.
  • Application- Suitable for 20cm/8inch to 40cm/15inch fish tank, max. thickness 6mm aquarium, no drilling or cutting.
  • Specification- 110V,50~60Hz,US plug, 1600LM, 15W. (Please confirm the parameters before order). Aquarium led light enhance colors in fish and corals and can be used to provide stunning lighting effects in the day or night.
  • Special Design- This double head light is specially designed for fish tank, which can light up your fish tank and bring brightness for fish. Help plants to thrive and light up for fishes anytime you want.
  • Easy to installed- Clip on the fish tank wall and will be stable on it. Very easy and convenient. Help plants to thrive and light up for fishes anytime you want.
  • Manufacture: WEAVERBIRD
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 2.95 x 1.57 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WEAVERBIRD
  • Brightness [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

WEAVERBIRD Final Thoughts

"I'd recommend it."

I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. I've had other Nicrew lights on other tanks and they have all performed well for me. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(29 Points)

3. Aqueon LED Aquarium Light Bulb Replacements, 24 Inch, Max Blue

User Ratings: 49 7

Aqueon 00815671 First Impressions

"Took off 4 stars."

I've had other Nicrew lights on other tanks and they have all performed well for me. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service.

  • Aqueon LED Aquarium Light Bulb Replacements, 24 Inch, Max Blue
  • Replacement bulb measures 1.25 x 1.25 x 16.5 inches
  • Deep sea illumination that intensifies the fluorescing effect of fish and corals
  • Simply plug and "snap" into place inside the appropriately sized aquarium light fixture
  • Fish tank light retains brightness and color over time while using 70 percent less energy than T8 fluorescent lamps
  • Replacement light bulb fits any Aqueon LED light fixtures, strips or hoods with interchangeable LED lamps
  • Manufacture: Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
  • Product Dimensions: 1.25 x 1.25 x 20.75 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 00815671
  • Brightness [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

Aqueon 00815671 Final Thoughts

"I would recommend buying!"

This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(14 Points)

4. COVOART LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light RGB Color Underwater Light Submersible Crystal Glass Lig...

User Ratings: 71 7

COVOART AERLING-34691154 First Impressions

"The brackets work nicely."

For the price these lights are incredible. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER!

  • COVOART LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light RGB Color Underwater Light Submersible Crystal Glass Lights
  • Ultra bright and full spectrum RGB LEDs for showing vivid colors of aquatic plants and fish, can make your fish tank a colorful landscape. Ultra-bright SMD 5050 LEDs, which makes the fish tank lights 35% brighter than others.
  • Excellent sealed design. The tank light is amphibious with IP68 Rating, can be fully submerged in water and work underwater. Two strong suction cup help fix cable firmly in the tank, fitting for aquarium, fish tank, pool, etc
  • Safety low-voltage design. With low voltage of 12V, the LED aquarium light is safe and won't cause any harm to people or fish.
  • Equipped with memory. The light fixture can remembers last saved settings. The fixture interacts with the controller via an IR sensor.
  • Multiple colors & multiple lighting modes. Multi-color Remote Controller of the led aquarium light offers 16 solid colors and 4 various light modes: Flash, Strobe, Fade, Smooth.
  • Manufacture: COVOART
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.5 x 1 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The COVOART AERLING-34691154
  • Brightness [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

COVOART AERLING-34691154 Final Thoughts

"I love it."

I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. This light has some great intensity to it. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(1327 Points)

5. shleyqin LED Aquarium Air Bubble Light,Multi-Colored Fish Tank Air Stone Disk Lamp Underwater Bubble...

User Ratings: 80

shleyqin First Impressions

"5gal tanks."

That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. This is another awsome product from hygger. So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer. I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. The entire process took only a few days.

  • shleyqin LED Aquarium Air Bubble Light,Multi-Colored Fish Tank Air Stone Disk Lamp Underwater Bubbler LED Light for Fish Tanks and Fish Ponds (12 LEDs, RGBW)
  • 【Add More Oxygen】- This aquarium bubble light built-in air bubble stone, you could connect the air pump to creates air bubbles for improving oxygenation and gas exchange, which makes double oxygen dissolving rate in water. Increases air flow/circulation to oxygenate water, which is beneficial to aquatic life. Always keep your fish vivid and lively.(AIR PUMP IS NOT INCLUDED).
  • 【Round Disc Design】- Round disc shapes can stay steady at the bottom of the tank bubbler, maximizes the outlet area of the air stone. And add beauty to your display aquarium with this round fish tank bubbler stone to create micro bubbles. Color-Changing Lights auto slowly changing colors one by one. It is a beautiful decoration in your fish tank.(NO REMOTE INCLUDED)
  • 【Safe and Durable】- IP68 Waterproof lamp body can be fully submerged in water and work underwater. Fish tank air bubble is made of circular sand, with high temperature sintering, safe, durable and environmental friendly, it is safe to use in your aquarium. For first time use, we recommend you wash it with tap water and sock it with tank water for 2-3 hours.
  • 【Versatile Use】- Fish tank light has been able to submersible in water, suitable for use in fish tanks, aquarium, fountain and so on.
  • 【Package Included】- 1 X 12 LEDs Round Bubbling Stone Disk with suction cup, 1 X Air tube,1 X Suction Cup, 1 X US plug Power Adapter. (Pump and remote is not included)
  • Manufacture: Shleyqin
  • Item Weight: 6.3 ounces
  • Color: Multicolor
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The shleyqin
  • Brightness [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

shleyqin Final Thoughts

"Definitely submersible."

For the price you will not find a better light on the market. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(23 Points)

6. MQ RGB Aquarium Light, LED Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, 24/7 Automated Planted Plus Aqu...

User Ratings: 64 4

MQ First Impressions

"Definitely submersible."

Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. This lights had the reviews i was looking for.

  • MQ RGB Aquarium Light, LED Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, 24/7 Automated Planted Plus Aquarium Light with Remote Controller
  • Perfectly Imitable: This Fish Tank Light can gradually mimics the effect of a slow sunrise, bright daylight and gentle sunset, providing your animals with a natural lighting cycle
  • Multiple Weather Setting: Multiple weather effects including cloudy, lightning, sunny and moonlight. Power: 7W, Input: AC 100-240V. Numbers of LED Lights: 36 (24 White + 12RGB) Power Cable Length: 6.56ft(2m)
  • Adjustable Light: With RGB and white lights, 4 color changing and brightness adjustable are perfect for strong plant growth while bringing vivid colors and can create an amazing atmosphere for fish, inverts, live rock and corals
  • Multi-Mode: The infrared equipped remotes easily allows the fixture to enter a hands free 24/7 auto cycle mode, activate weather modes and customize your own colors mode
  • Easy Installation: Extendable brackets allows this LED light to fit most aquarium fish tanks 12-20 inches wide. Can be used over a glass aquarium cover or panel. (Each side can be extended to extra 12cm/4.7in.)
  • Light Color: White and RGB
  • LED Light Type: 2835 and 5050
  • Light Length: 12in(30cm)
  • Manufacture: MQ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MQ
  • Brightness [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

MQ Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(73 Points)

7. Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (30cm - 12")

User Ratings: 73 8

Beamswork First Impressions

"5gal tanks."

I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom.

  • Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (30cm - 12")
  • LEDs: 15x 0.50W (700 lumen)
  • Config: 8x 10000K, 3x Actinic 460nm, 2x Red 620nm, 2x Green 520nm
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day / Night
  • Suitable for freshwater, plants, cichlid
  • 1 Year Warranty*
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Item Weight: 1.39 pounds
  • Style: Contemporary
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
  • Brightness [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Beamswork Final Thoughts

"We don't use that."

The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. Also note this is an initial impression review. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(103 Points)

8. AquaIllumination AI Prime 16 HD Reef Aquarium LED

User Ratings: 86 3

AquaIllumination SW-12 First Impressions

"We don't use that."

I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. I changed my review and contacted Hygger.

  • AquaIllumination AI Prime 16 HD Reef Aquarium LED
  • Dimensions: 4.88 x 4.88 x 1.3in
  • Wattage: 60W - # of LEDS: 16 (+ 1) Color Channels: 7 (+1)
  • A dedicated moonlight LED and channel has been added in the new Prime HD modules
  • Bluetooth onboard, no more WIFI. No additional controller needed.
  • Utilize all current Prime Mounting Hardware including – Prime Mount, Prime Flex Arm 12”, Prime Flex Arm 18” and the Prime hanging Kit.
  • Manufacture: AquaIllumination
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaIllumination SW-12
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

AquaIllumination SW-12 Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. I thought they were fairly easy to set up. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(214 Points)

9. Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture, 46 Watt

User Ratings: 83 1

Fluval 14522 First Impressions

"Acting completely normal."

I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it.

  • Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture, 46 Watt
  • Features programmable, gradual 24-hour light cycle settings (sunrise, midday, sunset and night)
  • Includes six unique band waves for full spectrum results
  • Includes optional pre-set habitat light configurations like Lake Malawi, Tropical, and Planted
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 35.83 x 2.64 x 1.02 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 14522
  • Brightness [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Fluval 14522 Final Thoughts

"Then the bars slide out."

Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. Trust me u will not be disappointed!

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(210 Points)

10. Tetra Hidden LED Stick Light for Aquariums, Brilliant White

User Ratings: 74 1

Tetra 26658 First Impressions

"This is a bright."

Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. This is another awsome product from hygger. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on.

  • Tetra Hidden LED Stick Light for Aquariums, Brilliant White
  • HIDDEN LED LIGHT STICK Compact waterproof LED fixture illuminates aquariums with brilliant white light creating a natural underwater shimmer effect
  • EASY TO INSTALL Clips onto any framed aquarium – on the frame or under the hood
  • COMPACT FIXTURE Easy to hide from view use the included routing clips to conceal the cord
  • INCLUDES Aquarium light low-voltage transformer on/off switch frame clip and cord routing clips
  • SIZE This 6-inch long LED stick illuminates aquariums up to 15 gallons
  • Included components: 1 x Hidden LED Stick 6 Inches, Brilliant White Aquarium Light for Tanks Up to 15 Gallons
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.88 x 3 x 6.56 inches; 2.24 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 26658
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Tetra 26658 Final Thoughts

"Switch has 3 settings."

They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(213 Points)

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